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Old 11-22-11, 08:11 PM
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Awesome way to carry tent/sleeping bag.

On tour I had to strap/bungee my tent and sleeping bag to my rack. I decided I would get a bag appropriate for carrying both items.

I tried to make one but got lazy and shelved the product. As months went by I browsed sporting goods stores to see I could mod a bag to my purpose.

Finally, I was a a store and saw a tennis racket bag and thought, "Why have I never thought of that before?" Checked the price twice because I couldnt believe the scanner. Turns out this $30 bag was marked down to 88 CENTS! For that price it was worth the experiment.

This is the one I picked up.



When I got home I put my tent and sleeping bag in there, still some room and it will hang off the back quite a bit but I dont mind too much. I plan to put a topeak fixer 6 on the bottom and reinforce it with some hard plastic so I can slidelock it onto my rack instead of bungee-ing.

This bag will also double as a day pack. When visiting a city for a few days and exploring, I can use this bag to carry souvenirs while the panniers are safe at the host's home or motel.

If anyone wants to do this too, the bag I bought is a 3pack. It fits but there is a small bit of stress on the zipper at one point. I MAY spring for a 5 or six pack since I know that it suits my needs. Spending a bit more money on this would, in my opinion, be money well spent.

If anyone wants to see pictures with my gear inside, let me know.
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Old 11-22-11, 08:56 PM
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Interesting! I'd also like to see a picture of this mounted on the rear rack.
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I would never put a wet tent in the same bag as my sleeping bag.
Saw the same issue in a canoe tripping forum just this week. A fellow wanted a waterproof portage pack big enough for all his junk and his tent too. Why put a wet tent in a waterproof bag that you bought specifically to keep your stuff dry?

But it may work out for you. Have your sleeping bag in a waterproof stuff sack inside the tennis bag.
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Old 11-22-11, 11:25 PM
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I got a rain cover made for the whole rear rack load. tent,
and sleeping bag were each in their own bag underneath it,

the cover secures under the panniers
and with 2 straps under the rack.

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Old 11-23-11, 09:07 AM
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At 88 cents you only picked up one?

Originally Posted by skilsaw
... ... Saw the same issue in a canoe tripping forum just this week. ... ...


This discussion is starting to remind me of being on vacation. That is not a river in the photo, it is a portage.
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Totally agree with skilsaw.

Tents usually come with a bag and that's the only bag you need. Wet tents should stay outside and even if they're not wet there isn't any reason to keep them dry.

Your sleeping bag OTOH needs to be kept dry so pack it accordingly.

The OP just wasted 0.88 cents unless he/she plays tennis.
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even more awesome:

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I used to carry my tent and sleeping bad in a daypack on the rear rack. Same principle but with an actual daypack instead of a tennis bag. It worked really well.
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just something extra to carry nah bad idea sorry op.
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The cases for multiple tennis rackets make nice covers
for Mandolin and Ukelele Banjo cases .

for that, I could use a couple..
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Originally posted by skilsaw
I would never put a wet tent in the same bag as my sleeping bag.
Saw the same issue in a canoe tripping forum just this week. A fellow wanted a waterproof portage pack big enough for all his junk and his tent too. Why put a wet tent in a waterproof bag that you bought specifically to keep your stuff dry?
Most people have systems that work for them. That's what makes life interesting.

I've carried my tent and sleeping gear in several different configurations, but for the last 10 years I've been using a system similar to this. Different bags, but same principle. I have not had any problems with "cross contamination" from a wet tent. Usually it is the rainfly and ground cloth (sil-nylon) that are wet, and I don't pack them with a dry tent. The rain fly and ground cloth are almost always wet from dew and condensation, even when it is not raining. I keep the plastic grocery bags on a trip and use them to store my wet rain fly and ground cloth. The rain fly and ground cloth compress into really small bundles that can be "sealed" in a knotted grocery bag. Grocery bags also make good covers to keep moisture off the saddle at night. If the rain fly/ground cloth are sopping wet, they might get put outside the rack pack under the bungee on top the pack. I essentially use the same set up in my backpack for mountaineering, and winter ski trips. The compression sacks are just larger to accommodate a warmer sleeping bag and and 4-season tent. Sil-nylon bags are light and durable. On a tour this summer we had 35 days of rain, with no problems. If I'm not using the wet gear every day, I make sure to dry everything out as soon a possible. I've never experience it, but there is probably a chance for mildew.

Blue compression bag- tent, gray-stuffable pillow, green-sleeping bag, orange-Thermarest, gray on top-ground sheet. It is also nice to have a compact package when trying to get bikes and gear on trains and buses. After switching out the contents, the rack pack also works well as "carry on" luggage when flying. Clothes and personal items go in the rackpack. Tent and other gear go as checked baggage.


The tent/rainfly compress to a small package. Compression sacks are waterproof sil_nylon.

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Old 11-23-11, 02:39 PM
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John, Ive tended to keep sleeping bag and campmat in a waterproof pannier, just so I dont have to worry about them getting wet, and then tent only on the top of the rack (in a thick plastic bag)
I prefer that if fly and or groundsheet are still wet, I can keep those parts seperate from the tent body, but still under the tent (in the plastic bag) and at a lunch break or whatever if its dry, can easily open them up and hang them over something to dry while eating. I could see how a rack pack would be nice for a hand carried luggage, but so far Ive gotten by without one and appreciate keeping "stuff" to a minimum (but could see going that route easily)

as for wet fly or ground sheet, I like having a chammy cloth or sponge with me camping, just to get a lot of water off the wet tent parts as much as possible before folding them up or into a container as Doug mentions. Is much more effective than just shaking them out and only takes a few minutes.
Doug, that must have been tiresome having so much rain. I know you are well equipped and from Oregon, but still. As it goes in French, C'est la vie and not much one can do about it.

to finish, John, if that bag works, what the heck, use it. Plus you might get some rear downforce from the upward slope of it if you bomb down a hill fast enough ;-)
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Doug, that must have been tiresome having so much rain. I know you are well equipped and from Oregon, but still. As it goes in French, C'est la vie and not much one can do about it
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Yes, and as we say in Oregon "that is life" It was not that bad, but it would have been more enjoyable without it.
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I use dry sacks for my gear, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillows etc in one and tent, cooking gear and other stuff sacks in the other one, loaded onto my trailer. As well as small sized panniers attached to my rack, works well for me
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mr trikin, I assume that is a drum brake on the trailer? If so, how do you hook up the cable to your trike, where is the brake handle?
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Originally Posted by Doug64
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Yes, and as we say in Oregon "that is life" It was not that bad, but it would have been more enjoyable without it.
I remember going with our then toddler, to Switzerland and Germany many years ago, rained visiting my wifes aunt in Switzerland, rained visiting my German friend in Germany...just rained and rained. As you say, would have been more enjoyable without it but you pays you money, you take your chances.
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Ahhhhh ..... I'd say that looks like an electric motor in his trailer wheel.
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djb & forresterace.....that's a 500watt hub motor, Crystalyte laced into the 16" BOB trailer wheel. I use a 36V Lit-Ion battery mounted to the trailer deck still with plenty of cargo space, the throttle and Cycle Analyst mounted on the trike. While touring I've achieved over 100k on a single charge, thats using it sparingly, mostly only hill assist.
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wow, looks so much like a 50s or 60s motorcycle drum brake (when fronts where still drums)
Can it recharge overnight when you are in a campground or whatever?
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